Department of Neurology

Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Neurology

OHSU researchers, scientists and clinicians in white lab coats, many kneeling, heads bowed, wearing protective face masks
OHSU participates in a #whitecoatsforBlacklives, taking nine minutes of silence in observance of lives lost, June 12 (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

We foster a department that is diverse in people and ideas

We foster a department that is diverse in people and ideas; is inclusive of diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, ability and disability, age and appearance. We strive to provide the highest quality care for all people, with understanding of historical racial, ethnic, and gender-biases that have undermined care equity.

OHSU Department of Neurology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

We strive to recruit, retain, and support diverse faculty, residents, staff, and interns. Our Department is dedicated to the advancement of racially, ethnically and gender-diverse faculty, staff, fellows, and students.

We are dedicated to research that engages diverse populations and that examines issues affecting the health and well-being of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

Mentoring and training
We are actively engaged in mentoring and training future scientists who come from economically and racially underserved groups. Leadership includes:

Care for patients of all backgrounds
Our faculty participate in local and national advocacy initiatives, and research initiatives to address and raise awareness of neurologic care of patients from all backgrounds.

How we foster a culture of belonging
We believe in fostering inclusivity and creating a culture of belonging for all faculty, staff, and trainees, wherein diverse ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds contribute to the advancement of our department.

  • Our Neurology Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets regularly and engages departmental leadership, junior and senior faculty, residents, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, interns, and staff.
  • Faculty members Edward Kim, M.D. and Marissa Kellogg, M.D., M.P.H. lead resident discussions to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion supports at OHSU. Learn more about our residency program.

Unconscious bias training
We are dedicated to examining our unconscious biases and provide tools for our faculty, staff, and trainees to uphold quality and equity for all.

Spotlight on...

Sará King, Ph.D., posed outside in natural light, smiling
Sará King, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders

Sará King’s work integrates culturally celebratory yoga and mindfulness practices into a community intervention for Alzheimer’s disease for the African-American community of Portland, SHARP. Her research also focuses on healing the trauma of gentrification and its impact on brain and cognitive health. Sará is an internationally recognized thought leader in field of mindfulness and social justice in schools, and has enjoyed public speaking and advocacy work at the intersection of these fields.

Dr. Holly Hinson, a neurointensivist, has advanced training in intensive care medicine. She focuses on patients with stroke and other critical neurologic conditions.
Holly Hinson, M.D., MCR, FAAN, Associate Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine, OHSU

Holly Hinson was named Associate Editor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Neurology (October 8, 2019).

Watch Hinson's Neurology Grand Rounds: LGBQTI Health in Neurology.

Archive of spotlights

Raina Croff, Ph.D., posed for a smiling photo

Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery (SHARP) (OHSU News, Spring 2020)
Program  led by Raina Croff, Ph.D. strives to forestall memory loss through walking and reminiscing in north and northeast Portland.

EXITO Scholars, September 2017: Juell Towns, Sabrina Shofner and Mustafa Ahmed
EXITO Scholars, September 2017: Juell Towns, Sabrina Shofner and Mustafa Ahmed

Raina Croff, Ph.D. and Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P., OHSU/PSU NIH BUILD EXITO program (Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center Newsletter, page 5)